Cross-posted from WND
A Philadelphia restaurant owner thinks horse meat is delicious and wants to share the delicacy with his customers.
“I am going to embrace horse meat wholeheartedly at Monsu, probably in the springtime,” Peter McAndrews, owner of the Sicilian restaurant, told the website FooBooz.
Chef Marc Vetri says he would “love to serve it.”
Is a horse better than a cow or a rabbit?
“Seriously, who decided what animals to eat and not to eat?” Vetri asked. “Is a horse better than a cow or a rabbit? Really don’t get all the fuss.”
McAndrews isn’t worried about the outrage from the public, including cowboys and animal-rights activists.
“There’s too much meddling,” he said. “If you’re serving something and it’s not doing well, that’s when you don’t serve it anymore. Not because you get letters about it.”
McAndrews owns several Philadelphia restaurants and has already served caballa finto, or “mock horse.” It actually is goat.
Vetri recently dined on horse filet mignon in Montreal. FooBooz said the horse on his plate probably was raised in Pennsylvania and exported to Canada for slaughter.
President Obama lifted the ban on horse slaughter in 2011.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Pennsylvania is home to the largest livestock auction in the East, in Lancaster County. It sends hundreds of horses to slaughter in Quebec, Canada each year.
Pennsylvania provides an ample supply of slaughter-bound horses, the paper said, including race track losers, spent brood mares and washed up Amish buggy and plow horses.
China is the largest producer of horse meat and supplies foodstuffs of all types to the U.S. In what form the meat is exported and whether or not food labeling protocol is being enforced we have not been able to find out, though we spent the past two weeks trying to find out. Therefore we are not surprised by this statement from the same article:
FooBooz said the USDA did not return multiple calls seeking comment on its article.
Labeling is only one issue, which is the primary basis of the horse meat scandal in the UK and Europe. What about inspections?
In case you think this is not a problem, please see “Investigations: USDA Quietly Eliminated 60% of Foreign Meat Inspections.” In the article they reveal:
In 2010, FSIS only audited 6 countries – Brazil, China, Honduras, Korea, Spain, and Uruguay – a third of what the agency had done the year before.
By 2011, the number of countries audited by FSIS was down to just 3: Australia, New Zealand and Poland.
How reassuring Australia has not been left off the list. Not so reassuring is that they have not been mentioned in the UK / EU horse meat scandal. Australia is a major exporter of horse meat. 80% of it is said to be from discarded racehorses, no doubt full of the “banned for life” drug bute.